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Giovanni Trapattoni has accepted his reign as Republic of Ireland boss will end after the current World Cup campaign - regardless of whether they qualify or not.
– Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni
I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future.
Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result. We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.
In France, the first time [in the World Cup play-off], you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification [for Euro 2012]; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.
Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing.
Marc Wilson has urged the Republic of Ireland to abandon the long-ball approach in a desperate bid to revive their faltering World Cup qualifying campaign.
– Marc Wilson on Ireland's long-ball approach that didn't work against Sweden.
I don't think we get in enough positions to get ourselves forward.
I think we need to play through the middle a bit more and pass the ball to create chances for us to go forward more.
Giovanni Trapattoni has a series of injury concerns ahead of the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Austria on Tuesday night.
Jon Walters, Simon Cox and Glenn Whelan all emerged from last night's morale-sapping 2-1 home defeat by Sweden at the Aviva Stadium nursing knocks.
Walters has an ankle problem, Long a dead leg and Whelan a tight thigh muscle, although the early indications are that all three will be available to travel to Vienna when the squad leaves on Sunday afternoon.
Robbie Keane netted a second-half hat-trick as the Los Angeles Galaxy beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 and move within four points of the MLS Western Conference leaders.
Keane cut inside to slide home his first in the 56th minute, three minutes after Joao Plata had given Real the lead, then turned the ball home acrobatically from the edge of the six-yard box to make it 2-1 in the 67th minute.
Omar Gonzalez added a third eight minutes later and Keane completed his hat-trick with a neat lob, before Robbie Findley pulled a second back for Real late on.
Italy beat Jack Charlton's Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Rome to progress to the World Cup semi-finals during Italia '90 thanks to a goal from Salvatore Schillaci.
Sean St Ledger had hero status snatched from his grasp as the Republic of Ireland very nearly held Spain to a draw in New York.
Spain lead through substitute Roberto Soldado's 69th-minute strike when central defender St Ledger stabbed home what he thought was an equaliser with nine minutes remaining.
However, an offside flag against team-mate Simon Cox cut short his celebrations. With Juan Mata scoring a second late on for the World champions.
John O' Shea has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to face Spain in New York on Tuesday following the death of his uncle.
O'Shea is one of nine members of the squad who will not make the trip with Shane Long and Aiden McGeady excused because they are getting married, Marc Wilson to undergo surgery to remove a metal plate from his leg, Glenn Whelan rested and Keiren Westwood, Wes Hoolahan and Jon Walters injured.